Marine Corps Base Hawaii VMU-3, RQ-7B

Marine Corps Base Hawaii VMU-3, RQ-7B poster art.

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3) was founded on September 12, 2008 as the United States Marine Corps’ third Unmanned Aircraft squadron.  VMU-3 participated in the Global War on Terror with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Originally stationed in Marine Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, California, VMU-3 moved to MCBH Kaneohe Bay in June 2014. The squadron currently flies the RQ-7B v2 Shadow and will add on the MQ-21 Blackjack in 2017. Nickname: “Phantoms”.

The AAI RQ-7 Shadow is an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used by the United States Army, Marine Corps, Australian Army and Swedish Army for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. Launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult, it is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier. Its gimbal-mounted, digitally stabilized, liquid nitrogen-cooled electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera relays video in real time via a C-band line-of-sight data link to the ground control station (GCS).

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), formerly Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay and originally Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, is a U.S. Marine Corps base facility and air station located on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu in the City & County of Honolulu. Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay (fondly referred to as K-Bay) is home to Marines, sailors, their family members, and civilian employees.

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